Modern life seems to fly past at a million miles per hour, and sometimes, we forget to slow things down and focus on the present moment.
According to the NHS, Mindfulness is the practice of “paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you”.
Mindfulness can help to relieve stress, and simply make us happier, so with that in mind, here are 20 mindfulness bloggers to consider following in 2017.
Catherine Beard covers mindfulness and self-development on her blog, The Blissful Mind, with posts touching on topics such as ‘The Simple Way to Get Everything Done (And Still Make Time for Yourself)’ and ‘It Starts Inside: Understanding Your Inner Critic’.
Tiny Buddha looks at mindfulness and personal growth through the lens of spirituality and yoga, and while it obviously has a large focus on Buddhism, you by no means have to be a Buddhist to glean some great advice from this blog!
The site also has its own forums where you can chat with other users.
Yogi Approved is along similar lines to Tiny Buddha, with a strong focus on yoga, but again, you don’t need to be an avid yogi yourself to appreciate it!
It’s still a useful resource for learning about meditation and balance more generally and will help you to get in touch with your spiritual side.
Everyday Mindfulness is a platform where multiple authors come together to share articles on a wide range of topics surrounding mindfulness and self-improvement.
This e-magazine posts articles focused on helping its readers to live their lives to the fullest, and how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine.
They offer “personal stories, news-you-can-use, practical advice, and insights that speak to anyone from novice meditators looking for guidance to corporate managers exploring new ways to cultivate workplace engagement and fulfilment.”
This Irish site focuses on meditation practice, looking at both formal and informal methods.
It has some great practical advice if you’re just starting out, and regular motivational quotes to keep you going!
It can be difficult to really practice mindfulness when you live a busy life, but Mindful Minutes offers loads of great tips on how to get your meditation fix during times such as your daily commute.
The Mindfulness Meditation Institute provide a range of resources about mindfulness and meditation, with positive tips to help you feel great every single day, both physically and mentally.
This blog has an active approach to keeping the mind healthy, with tips to help you find the balance required to live a happier life.
Its positive focus helps its readers to channel their energies into finding the best solutions to their problems, rather than ignoring them.
This site has a focus on finding happiness through the aspect of simplicity, helping you to live in the moment, which is what mindfulness is all about.
This resource on ‘Everything You Need to Start Your Meditation Practice’ is particularly helpful.
As you can probably guess from the title, this blog is all about living your life as simply as possible, with a focus on self-development.
There’s also a free four-week ‘Simplify’ course to help you live a simpler life.
This website is about all things related to keeping your mind and body healthy, from meditation to healthy eating, with a range of online video classes too!
This blog’s tagline is ‘self-help for the self-employed’, but it doesn’t matter whether you’re self-employed or not!
Regardless of your employment status, you’ll love their content on being the very best version of yourself.
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are known as ‘The Minimalists’ and preach the benefits of letting go of the excess in your life and making more room for growth and mindfulness.
The Orange Dot is the blog of the mindfulness app Headspace and focuses on topics such as meditation, mind, body, relationships and more.
Recent topics include ‘Life is Easier with Technology. But is it Happier?’ and ‘How to Like Yourself Just a Little Bit More’.
Omega casts a fairly wide net, with contributors publishing content on a very varied range of topics, all connected by focusing on improving your life.
The blog is split into a section exploring mind and spirit, with topics such as meditation and yoga, and a section covering health more generally.
Taking a different approach to mindfulness and meditation is the Meditative Gardener, which focuses on meditating in the garden!
It makes sense, as nature and greenery can be very beneficial to meditation and the blog covers some of these benefits in more detail.
Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher who posts blogs and podcasts to her site covering the mind-related aspects of self-improvement.
Live and Dare is all about meditation, and how to best use it to help you grow as a person and thrive spiritually.
It also offers a five-week course to help put it all into practice and touches on how yoga and diet can help too.
How to Be Happy is a blog full of tips on how to make life easier to handle, and is great if you’re going through a particularly tough or stressful time.